Why it’s better to buy when the property market is down

The best time to sell your home is when the market is Up?

Well no, not always. It’s a no-brainer that if you were selling your home and bailing out of property altogether, it pays to hold off until prices are skyrocketing.

But who does that?

Most of the time we sell our home to upgrade to another property. And that’s when a cooler market can give you a serious financial edge.

Let’s crunch some numbers to see how.


Savings on your next home

Okay, we’ll assume your current home is worth $600,000. You’re looking to relocate and you’ve seen a place you love with a price tag of $850,000. That’s a price difference of $250,000.

Now let’s say the market drops by 10 per cent. Unlikely we know but 10% offers good round numbers.

It could mean your home’s value dips by $60,000. Ouch!

But here’s the thing.

The value of the property you’re planning to buy also lands a 10% hit. Instead of being priced at $850,000, it’s now worth $765,000 – a saving to you of $85,000. And rather than face a price gap of $250,000, the difference has shaved down to $225,000. The ideal time to buy.


Don’t hold out

Okay, so this is a simple example. In reality, different segments of the market move at different paces. Though the higher end of the market can often experience larger declines in value than the middle to lower end of the spectrum.

It goes to show you can come out on top when prices fall.

Add even more value to the mix with a competitively priced home loan and enjoy cost savings no matter how the property market is tracking.


Belinda (ex- Macquarie Bank) is an accredited Finance Broker and holds a bachelor of Communications (minor in Business). She has accumulated over 10 years of banking and lending experience across credit, sales and senior manager roles. Belinda combines her passions of finance, business, property and people to provide an enriched client experience and takes the time to investigate and understand what is required for each of her clients.
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